Beat The Taboos Erasmus+ Project
Sexual health is important throughout life. A healthy start gives children the capacity to develop a positive self image and self awareness and the potential to establish satisfying relationships. During adolescence and early adulthood, decisions about sexual activity, reproduction and parenthood become extremely important. The best possible choices can be made when information, education and supports are in place from the very beginning as a foundation to facilitate a healthier lifestyle.The development of sexuality and emergence of our sexual selves is something that happens to everyone. Some people wrongly regard disabled people as not developing sexually in the same way as non-disabled people. While it is true that puberty may begin a little later and that some disabilities can affect sexual performance, disability does not prevent sexual maturity, or remove sexual feelings, desires or curiosity.
People with disabilities also have the right to access education – education is one of the condition for self determination and empowerment. In order to create the conditions of access to accessible sexual health education, it is necessary not only to educate people with disabilities themselves, but furthermore their parents as well as professionals, caregivers, adult educators and teachers.
This international project in cooperation with 7 partners aims increase youth workers’ /teachers’ experience and competence both theoretically and practically in the field of sexual health education of the young people with disabilities .
The overall goal of this partnership is, to increase access for disabled persons to appropriate, comprehensive and inclusive sexuality education. The initiative will work towards the development of policies and appropriate programmes to ensure that young people living with learning disabilities 10-20 enjoy intimate relationships without putting themselves at risk (sexual abuse, violence, pregnancy..etc)and that they have access as others to sexual and reproductive health information . It will achieve this by facilitating exchange between organisations that are working with people with learning disabilities, and organisations who would like to initiate or expand their work in this field.
THE OBJECTIVES ARE :
-To prevent the problems that youth with disabilities may experience in the field of sexual development,
-To increase the social and educational inclusion of people with disabilities,
-Reduce risk of exposure to sexual abuse ,
-To develop independent living skills ,
-Raise awareness about body care ,
-To gain competence to take more responsibility about his/her gender ,
-Develop more acceptable behaviors to express their sexuality,
-To facility communication skills and externalized behaviour regarding the sexual abuse in the past in order to solve this issue
-Awareness raising of the sexual and reproductive rights of people with disabilities,
-Trained staff to support people with disabilities in being aware and making use of their rights,
-Public awareness for the rights of people with disabilities,
-Improved institutional settings to enable training of staff and sexual education for clients with disabilities.
Incirliova Genclik Kultur Sanat ve Gelisim Dernegi (Turkey)
Shine ALOUD UK C.I.C (UK)
Agrupamento de Escolas Francisco de Holanda (Portugal)
AMICOS – ASOCIACIÓN DE FAMILIAS DE PERSOAS CON DISCAPACIDADE PSÍQUICA DAS COMARCAS DO BARBANZA E NOIA (Spain)
Asociatia Window Romania (Romania)
HANTA ASSOCIATES LIMITED (UK)
MANPOWER EMPLOYMENT ORGANISATION (Greece)